Hurricane Sandy slowed Heathrow passenger traffic in October

13 November 2012 (Last Updated November 13th, 2012 18:30)

London Heathrow Airport reported a 0.1% decline in passenger traffic during October, serving around six million passengers. The fall was due in part to flights cancelled following Hurricane Sandy and the half-term school holidays.

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London Heathrow Airport reported a 0.1% decline in passenger traffic during October, serving around six million passengers. The fall was due in part to flights cancelled following Hurricane Sandy and the half-term school holidays.

The airport expects that many passengers who were originally booked on one of the 200 cancelled flights in the wake of Sandy would re-book in November 2012.

According to Heathrow, without the combined effect of the hurricane and half-term, October passenger numbers would have increased by 1.7% during the month.

Heathrow Airport chief executive Colin Matthews said: "We are determined to keep on improving Heathrow for passengers and we are investing £20 million every week in new facilities."

"Without the combined effect of the hurricane and half-term, October passenger numbers would have increased by 1.7% during the month."

Heathrow's passenger traffic to North America increased 0.3% during October, while European traffic reported an overall rise of 0.9%, with a 4.5% climb towards Germany. However, traffic to Greece, France and Italy declined 9.6%, 7.3% and 2.3% respectively when compared to October 2011.

Aircraft movements at Heathrow declined 3.2% (39,638), while cargo traffic also dropped 2.3% to 125,367t.

Passenger traffic to BRIC countries, such as Brazil, Russia and China, increased 5.7%, 2.9% and 4.3% respectively during the period, while traffic to India declined 7.3% due to reduced airline services.


Image: Hurricane Sandy in the US led to around 200 cancelled flights to and from Heathrow Airport in October.